Add another frustrating loss to a discouraging season for Houston High School baseball team.
The Tigers couldn’t hang onto an early four-run lead Monday against Hartville and eventually lost 8-7 in 12 innings.
The loss is the latest in a season that has had more downs than ups. Houston, which last season had the first sub-.500 record in coach Brent Hall’s 15-year tenure, fell to 5-12 as the 2012 season winds down.
“Before, we weren’t hitting but we were pitching and fielding it,” Hall said. “Now it’s kind of the opposite. We’re not fielding it as well and we’re not throwing strikes.
“You’d like to think we could put it all together, but we’re kind of running out of time.”
Hartville scored the winning-run via an error in the 12th –– one of five committed by the Tigers. Three of the runs HHS allowed were unearned.
Ethan Williamson, who gave up two hits and two unearned runs in five innings of relief, took the loss.
Tanner Cantrell was 3-for-6 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Tigers offensively. Quinton Alston, Aaron Cantrell and Williamson had two hits apiece.
On Saturday, Alston struck out nine batters in a 9-2 victory against Alton at the West Plains Tournament.
Devin Coulter, Rodney Preheim and Tanner Cantrell had two hits apiece for HHS. Aaron Cantrell doubled and drove in a pair of runs.
On Friday, the Tigers committed four errors in a 15-8 loss to Dora in the tournament opener.
Tanner Cantrell went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Trevor Merckling had a pair of hits.
Houston scored five times in the final four innings last Thursday to rally past Licking 5-3.
Chance Gale and Preheim were each 2-for-3. Aaron Cantrell scored twice.